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XTREME-D IaaS Platform Works to Simplify HPC Cloud Cluster Management

An IaaS platform can help keep HPC cloud cluster users out of the cluster management business. A new white paper from XTREME-D, “Point and Click HPC: The XTREME-Stargate IaaS Platform”, explores how the Stargate platform, that provides a web portal to cluster resources, can increase user efficiency, eliminate cluster administration costs and acts as a “pay-as-you-go” cloud model, simplifying HPC cloud clusters and making them more accessible.

Podcast: Announcing the New CryptoSuper500 List

Today OrionX Research today announced that Bitcoin and BTC.com top the first release of the CryptoSuper500 list. The list recognizes cryptocurrency mining as a new form of supercomputing and tracks the top mining pools. “The growth of the cryptocurrency market has put the spotlight on emerging decentralized applications, the new ways in which they are funded, and the software stack on which they are built.” Cryptocurrency technologies include blockchain, consensus algorithms, digital wallets, and utility and security tokens.

Download the New European HPC Handbook

ETP4HPC has published their annual European HPC Handbook. “This publication describes the HPC Technology, Co-design and Applications Projects within the European HPC ecosystem, including EPI. The Handbook will be distributed at a SC18 Birds-of-a-Feather Session in Dallas (Nov. 14 at 5.15pm). Please attend to get your printed copy.”

Using Ai to Automatically Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers from Stanford University have developed a deep learning based system that can automatically detect Alzheimer’s disease and its biomarkers from MRIs, with 94 percent accuracy. “Our method uses minimal preprocessing of MRIs (imposing minimum preprocessing artifacts) and utilizes a simple data augmentation strategy of downsampled MR images for training purposes,” the researchers stated in their paper.

New Paper: Survey of FPGAs for Convolutional Neural Networks

Sparsh Mittal has just published a new paper on the use of FPGAs for Convolutional Neural Networks. “Deep convolutional neural networks (CNNs) have recently shown very high accuracy in a wide range of cognitive tasks and due to this, they have received significant interest from tnewhe researchers. Given the high computational demands of CNNs, custom hardware accelerators are vital for boosting their performance. The high energy-efficiency, computing capabilities and reconfigurability of FPGA make it a promising platform for hardware acceleration of CNNs.”

Survey Foretells Explosive Growth in Machine Learning Projects Over Next Two Years

Over at the Univa Blog, Gary Tyreman writes that the company sponsored an industry-wide survey to better understand what key challenges our HPC users are currently facing that are preventing them from moving their machine learning (ML) projects into production. “Our goal is to use this data to help guide our customers and recommend the right set of tools and migration options needed to accelerate value in machine learning.”

A Guide to High Performance Computing in the AWS Cloud

A new ebook from Intel and AWS explores how AWS cloud can mitigate some of today’s top HPC challenges and enable engineers and researchers to innovate without constraints. “Most HPC processing is still conducted using on-premises systems. But for those companies unwilling to invest in new hardware to handle peak demands, moving HPC workloads to the cloud may be the answer.”

HPC Cloud Drives Innovation & Accelerates Time to Results

HPC applications and workloads have been constrained by limited on-premises infrastructure capacity, high capital expenditures and the constant need for technology refreshes. But there may be an answer: running your HPC workloads in the cloud. “According to the report, hundreds of companies in life sciences, financial services, manufacturing, energy and geo sciences, media and entertainment are solving complex challenges and speeding up time to results using HPC on AWS.”

UberCloud Works with ANSYS and Azure to Optimize Bioreactors

Over at The UberCloud, Wolfgang Gentzsch writes that researchers are using HPC in the Cloud in a revolutionary new way for the design of bioreactors. “It’s amazing to think of all the products created in bioreactors. The medications we take, the beer we drink and the yogurt we eat are all made in bioreactors optimized for the manufacturing of these products. Unfortunately, optimizations take a lot of work and data. In a new HPC Cloud project, engineers from ANSYS with support from UberCloud performed an extensive Design of Experiments in Microsoft’s Azure Cloud.”

Virtualization Adds Value, Benefits to HPC Environments

VMware explores the concepts of virtual throughput clusters and CPU overcommitment with VMware vSphere to create multitenant and agile virtual HPC computing environments.